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Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Bimonthly Immigration Newsletter: December 2014

President Barack Obama works on his immigration speech with Director of Speechwriting Cody Keenan and Senior Presidential Speechwriter David Litt in the Oval Office, Nov. 19, 2014President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Law Enforcement:
What Does It Mean?

As most of our readers know, on November 20, President Obama announced a number of sweeping and historic immigration measures... While the announcement dominated the news and social media, none of the actions... have taken effect. [read more]



German Birth CertificateNVC No Longer Collecting Original Civil Documents

As of November 12, 2014, the National Visa Center (NVC) stopped collecting original civil documents (birth certificates, marriage certificates, police clearances, etc.) as part of the immigrant visa (IV) application process. [read more]

 



Resume with magnifying glassPERM Business Necessity: DOL Offers Guidance on Burden to Prove Business Necessity

Recently, the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) has been issuing a number of audit requests for PERM applications that require proving the business necessity of job duties or requirements. [read more]

 

 

New york and shanghit with double arrowU.S. and China Extend Visa Validity Period
for Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students

On November 12, 2014, the United States and the People’s Republic of China began to reciprocally increase the validity of short-term business and tourist visas and student and exchange visas issued to each other’s citizens.  [read more]



El Slavador RefugeesDOS Launches In-Country Refugee/Parole Program for Children in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras Who Have Parents Lawfully Present in the United States

In an effort to better manage and stem the tide of unaccompanied minors... the Department of State (DOS) launched an in-country refugee/parole program... [read more]



Flag of HaitiDHS To Implement Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

DHS announced in mid-October that starting in early 2015 it will implement the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) program to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. [read more]



newborn babyNew Policy Announcement on the Effect of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Immigration

USCIS and DOS have recently collaborated in the development of a new policy on the effect of assisted reproductive technology (ART) on immigration and acquisition of citizenship. In an October 28 announcement... [read more]



travel documentsHoliday Travel and Foreign Nationals: Review Your Documents Now

Now is a good time for foreign nationals who will be departing the United States for travel abroad over the holidays to review their travel documents to ensure that their re-entry into the U.S. is as seamless as possible. [read more]




newborn babyOffice Holiday Hours

We wanted to remind our clients that over the upcoming holidays, our office will open on a reduced-hour basis and will be closed on December 25 and December 26 and on January 1.

We wish you all a happy holiday and a prosperous new year!



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